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PM Modi inaugurates construction work of Agra Metro Project

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, December 7, inaugurated construction work of Agra Metro project in Agra, Uttar Pradesh through videoconference. Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, and other dignitaries attended the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi pointed out that one of the major problems of the country’s infrastructure sector was that new projects were announced, but not much attention was given to where the money would come from.

He added that his government ensured the necessary funds at the start of the new projects itself. He said that more than Rs 100 lakh crore would be spent under the National Infrastructure Pipeline Project and that work is also being done on the Multi-modal Connectivity Infrastructure Master Plan.

He added that efforts were on to attract investment from all over the world to improve the country’s infrastructure.

Terming tourism as a sector, in which there are means of earning for everyone, Modi informed that not only did the government increase the number of countries covered under the e-Visa scheme, it also reduced the tax on hotel room tariff significantly. Efforts were also being made to attract tourists through schemes like Swadesh Darshan and Prasad, he added.

With the efforts of the government, India is now ranked at number 34 in Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. In 2013, India was ranked 65th in this index. Modi said he hoped as the situation of COVID-19 continues to improve, soon, the charm of the tourism sector would also return.

He said reforms were being carried out in a wholesome manner rather than in piecemeal manner. He remarked that for the development of cities, work has been done at four levels ? Resolution of long standing problems, Ease of living, Maximum investment and More use of modern technology.

He said there was a trust-gap between the builders and the homebuyers. He said people with some wrong intentions brought disrepute to the entire real estate sector, upsetting the middle class. He said RERA’s law was introduced to remove this problem.

He added that some recent reports showed that after this law, middle class homes started getting completed quickly.

He said all-round development from modern public transport to housing would make life in cities easier.

Modi said Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana was inaugurated from Agra and under this scheme, more than one crore houses have been approved for the urban poor. For the middle class of the city, help is being provided to buy houses for the first time. He said so far, more than 12 lakh urban middle class families have been given help of about Rs 28,000 crores to buy houses.

He said infrastructure like water, sewer were being upgraded in several cities under AMRUT mission and help is being given to local bodies to make public toilets better in cities and to implement a modern system of waste management.

Modi informed that post 2014, 450km metro line was operationalised as compared to mere 225 km before that.

He also informed that work on the 1000 km long metro lines was progressing expeditiously and the same is being executed in 27 cities across India.

The Agra Metro project comprises two corridors with a total length of 29.4 km and connects major tourist attractions like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra with railway stations and bus stands. The project would benefit the 26-lakh population of Agra and would also cater to more than 60 lakh tourists who visit Agra every year.

It will provide an environment-friendly Mass Rapid Transit System to Agra. The estimated cost of the project will be Rs 8,379.62 crore, which would be completed in five years.

Earlier, on 8th March 2019, Modi inaugurated the Agra Metro project along with the commencement of commercial operations of Lucknow Metro on the entire 23 km long North-South corridor from CCS Airport to Munshipulia. 

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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